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Temples & Legends Of Tamilnadu
Preface Author
Introduction Kanyakumari
Gandhi Mandapam Maruda Malai
Suchindram Nagercoil
Tiruchendur Alwar Tirunagari
Srivaikuntam Nanguneri
Krishnapuram Tirunelveli
Papanasam Sankaranayinar Koil
Srivilliputhur Tirupparan- kunram
Madhurai Rameswaram
Darbhasayanam Tiruvadanai
Avadayar Koil Kaliyar Koil
Azhagar Koil

Palani

Tiruchirapalli Tiruvanaikkaval
Srirangam Tanjore
Punnainallur Tiruvalanchuzhi
Swamimalai Dharasuram
Saktimuttam Patteswaram
Mannargudi Vedaranyam
Tirunallar Karaikal
Tirukkadaiyur Mayavaram
Vaitheeswaran Koil Pullavane- swaram
Chayavanam Tiruvengadu
Shiyali Chidambaram
Tiruppatiripuliyur Tiruvannamalai
Kiratamar- jareswaram Madurantakam
Cheyyur Kancheepuram
Tirukkazhuk- kunram Mahabalipuram
Tirupporur Tiruvadantai
Tiruvanmiyur Mylapore
Triplicane Vadapalani
Tiruvottiyur Tirumullaivayil
Tiruvallur Tiruttani
Uppilliappan Koil Kumbakonam
Glossary Biblography
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
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Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
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Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

TIRUVANAIKKAVAL

It is said that once Sri Rama came to this place and worshipped the Lord. When Rama returned to Ayodhya after- killing Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna, their ghosts followed him. He installed a Siva Lingam in Rameswaram to get rid of the ghosts. Then only the ghost of Ravana vanished and the other still followed him. So he again installed another Lingam (Marakata Lingam now known as Nilavindis - warar) in Tiruvanaikkaval and conducted prayers, when the ghost Kumbhakarna also left him.

The Lord helps true devotees and punishes bad people immediately on committing a sin. Once, the temple priests and others failed to discharge their duties faithfully and started swindling the temple. One day, all the priests left the place for a neighboring town after placing a boy in charge of the temple. When they were crossing the river Coleroon in a boat, the
boat capsized and all of them were drowned. Thus the irresponsible priests were punished and the devoted young
left in charge of the temple was blessed.

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